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Graduation Requirements

As established by the Board of Directors of the Spring Grove Area School District and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, each candidate for graduation shall have earned at least 25 required credits. Spring Grove Area High School will follow all state mandates regarding assessments and graduation requirements. All students must successfully complete the following minimum requirements to qualify for a diploma: 

The minimum requirements for graduation will include: 

  • Four (4) non-elective courses of Social Studies, which will include American Society or approved college/university equivalent.
  • Four (4) non-elective courses of English 
  • Three (3) non-elective courses of Mathematics 
  • Three (3) non-elective courses of Science 
  • Four (4) courses in Health/Wellness, which will include Health Education and three elective Physical Education courses 
  • Four (4) courses in any combination of the Arts and Humanities and Practical Arts (Art, Business, Family and Consumer Science, Music, Technology Education, World Language), which will include Career Skills for the Future. 

*Students who score "Basic" or "Below Basic" on the Keystone Literature Assessment are required to take the course Enhanced Reading Skills 12  during the senior year.    

**Students who score "Basic" or "Below Basic" on the Keystone Algebra 1 Assessment are required to take the course Enhanced Math Skills 12 during the senior year.

Keystone Performance Levels and Pennsylvania Academic Standards

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established academic standards that define what students should know and do in a core set of subjects. Standards give students a solid foundation in the basics and provide consistent targets for students, teachers, and parents. Four proficiency levels illustrate students' achievement of Pennsylvania's Academic Standards as measured by the Keystone Assessments. The four proficiency levels are as follows:  

  • Advanced: superior academic performance
  • Proficient: satisfactory academic performance
  • Basic: marginal academic performance
  • Below Basic: inadequate academic performance 

As mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, beginning with the Class of 2022, students must demonstrate success in one of the five Graduation Pathway Options per Act 158.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Keystone Assessment was not administered in Spring 2020.  Spring Grove Area School District declined to schedule the make-up exam for the entire Spring 2019-2020 cohort of students. This action was approved by the Spring Grove Area School District Board of School Directors at the June 22, 2020, meeting.